In his closing speech defending counsel asked the jury, ‘is it suggested she was walking up and down the Square in Tallaght to sell it?’ File photograph: Getty

A legally blind Dublin pensioner who did not expect her cannabis plants to grow as big as she was acquitted was acquitted of having nearly a third of a kilogram of the drug for sale or delivery.

Evelyn Corrigan, 68, of Redwood Close in Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty to possessing 325.7 grams of cannabis in her home on December 11, 2017, but denied the sale, arguing that she was only selling medication to treat her pain here.

In his closing speech, James Dwyer SC, defending himself, asked the jury if his client looked like a drug dealer to them.

“Is there any suggestion that she was walking up and down Tallaght Square to sell it? Is that Breaking Bad meets Golden Girls? ”He asked.

Following a trial in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, a jury on Friday acquitted of possession of cannabis for sale or supply.

Judge Pauline Codd dismissed the probationary drug possession charges.

During the trial, Sgt Gearóid O’Brien confirmed to prosecutor Joseph Barnes that a search of a guest room in the house found eight jars of what turned out to be cannabis, and a scale was also found on the property.

Ms. Corrigan admitted what it was and said to Gardaí at the scene: “It’s for my glaucoma. I have emphysema. ”She denied the sale.

Sgt O’Brien showed the court a plastic bag of green material and informed the court that it was the contents of the eight glasses that he had assembled into a single exhibit.

When Ms. Corrigan was invited for an interview the following July, she was shown the same bag.

“Did you mix everything up?” She said, “Because some of it was leaves and now it’s all mixed up. I have OCD, that’s not good. “

She acknowledged it was hers but said, “It was hard work, it grew so quickly. . . God, it was hardly worth it – easier to buy. ”

Mr. Dwyer cross-examined Sgt O’Brien and informed him that Ms. Corrigan had no criminal record.

“Not even a parking ticket,” replied the sergeant.

“She’s legally blind, isn’t she?” asked advice.

“As far as I know, judge,” replied the sergeant.

Sgt O’Brien said he “merged” the contents of the jars to weigh the materials together.

“So what we have in this jar are buds, stems and leaves,” asked Mr. Dwyer.

“Yes,” replied the sergeant.

“Stems and leaves are the parts of the cannabis plant that contain very low levels of THC?” Asked Advice.

“Yes,” replied the sergeant.

“Is that what gives the consumer, for lack of a better word, beneficial effects?” Asked Council.

“So I’m made to believe that. I’ve never tried it, judge, ”he replied.

“You want to buy the buds because that’s where the goodies are?” Asked Mr. Dwyer.

“I’ve seen both, but yes, generally yes,” replied Sgt O’Brien.

Mr Dwyer called Ms. Corrigan to testify in her own defense and said she had made an extract from the material used to treat pain – and said the legally available CBD oil “did not work as well”.

Climate in Ireland

She bought the seeds from a Dutch company, picked a variety called Friesian Dew, which was suitable for outdoor growing in the Irish climate, and planted three seeds in flower pots in her garden.

“They grew up very big,” she says. “I didn’t know they would get that big.”

On cross-examination, Mr. Barnes introduced her to the fact that the strain she had bought was “a very potent strain of ‘Skunk'” and asked why it was more effective than the CBD legally sold here.

“CBD took the THC out,” Ms. Corrigan replied. “When the THC is in, it works better. It works as a pain reliever, ”she said.

Mr. Barnes explained that the amount in the bag – about 325.7 grams – meant that she believed she was in possession of the medicines for sale and delivery.

“No, I never intended to give it to anyone else,” she said.

“Do you have?” asked advice.

“No, I haven’t,” she replied.

“I have to tell you, Ms. Corrigan, that is a very significant amount of cannabis,” said Barnes.

“I didn’t know it was that much. I didn’t know the three plants would do that much, ”she said.

The court heard that Ms. Corrigan suffered from asthma, dystrophy of the left eye, a transient ischemic attack, generalized anxiety disorder and degenerative arthritis of the lower back.

Her primary care doctor, Deborah McGrane, said in a letter to the court that by using her own CBD oil, Ms. Corrigan was able to treat her pain and anxiety well enough to be able to exercise.

“Since stopping her CBD, her symptoms have returned and we have tried treating them with more conventional means,” she said.